Duke University Health System Job Description:
ORTHOPAEDIC TECHNOLOGIST (4020)

Job Title: ORTHOPAEDIC TECHNOLOGIST  Job Code: 4020 
FLSA: Pay Target: D1 
Date: 01/21/2019   Supervisory Responsibility: No 

General Description of the Job Class

The Orthopaedic Technologist is a trained member of the orthopaedic team who works with all associated health care professionals in delivering patient care and assuming appropriate responsibilities concerning all orthopaedic procedures. Performs a variety of tasks including the fabrication and removal of casts and splints, application of orthopaedic devices, and removal of external orthopaedic hardware in a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient, emergency department and operating room) Provides education and guidance to residents and new staff to ensure safe cast/splint application and removal practices are used.

 

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

Assist physicians and nursing personnel with orthopaedic casting procedures to include the application and removal of a variety of casts splints and dressings. Under the direction of a physician assists in the clinical care of patients, including: -Application and removal of mobilization and immobilization devices -Application and removal of braces, prosthetics, orthotics, and orthoses -Adjustment and repair of braces, prosthetics, orthotics, and orthoses -Fitting and adjustment of canes, crutches and walkers -Fabricating splints for various conditions -Wound care, removal of wound closure materials (staples, sutures, orthopaedic hardware), and the application and removal of sterile and non- sterile dressings -Removal or adjustment of external fixators, halos, and orthopaedic frames -Preparation and set up for specific types of traction, making adjustments as necessary -Accurately takes and documents necessary patient measurements (grip strength, leg length, extremity girth, blood pressure, pulse, height, weight etc.) -Assisting the physician in the reduction of fractures and dislocations -Assist with aspirations and injections -Assist with wound closure Within the operating room under the direction of a physician: -Position, prepare and drape patients by using accepted sterile practices and techniques -Serve as first or second assistant by using accepted surgical practices and techniques -Assist during reductions by supplying and applying appropriate materials -Apply and manage post-operative dressing on wound following aseptic techniques. Under the direction of the physician, explains use and care of immobilization devices to patient and family using age appropriate guidelines. Provides instructions to patients on various subjects, including wound care and edema. Assist with the development of appropriate educational materials, using evidence-based information. Demonstrates ability to apply knowledge to different orthopaedic treatment situations of adult and pediatric patients in the inpatient setting, outpatient clinic, emergency department and operating room. Educates residents and other staff on the appropriate positioning and technique for the application and removal of various immobilization and mobilization devices. Accurately takes and documents pertinent history from the patient in the chart as directed by physician and nursing personnel. Participates in the development and documentation of plan of care, including short and long term goals. Places orders for xrays and durable medical equipment per physician protocol. Facilitate clinic flow and assist physicians and nursing personnel with coordination of patient care. Maintain work area in clean and orderly condition. Set up and prepare examination rooms. Set up instruments and equipment for specific procedures. Clean and sterilize a variety of medical supplies, and maintain appropriate inventory of orthopaedic supplies and equipment. Performs and/or ensures needed maintenance is completed on equipment. Perform other related duties as directed.

 

Required Qualifications at this Level

Education:

High school graduate or equivalent.

Graduate of an accredited Orthopaedic Technology program preferred.

Military corpsman with training in military orthopaedics preferred.

 

Experience:

Two years of experience in a hospital, clinic, office, or military setting, working directly in the treatment of orthopaedic patients.

 

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Current certification as Orthopaedic Technologist by NBCOT required. Candidates who do not have certification will be required to obtain within 6 months of hire date.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to articulate descriptions of orthopaedic conditions based upon a basic understanding of anatomical structures and their relationship with one another.

Understanding of theory and application of manual, skin and skeletal traction.

Understanding of the proper application of aseptic techniques in dressing change and in setting up for sterile clinical procedures.

Ability to articulate the role of an Orthopaedic Tech to the general public.

Demonstrated commitment to quality assurance and quality patient care.

 

Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level

N/A

 

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.


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